Chances are if you are a Houston Dash fan you have already made yourself familiar with Morgan Brian the likely number one pick in this draft. While there hasn't been 'official' word that Houston will be taking her in the draft, following her MAC Hermann Trophy win both Brian Ching and team president Chris Canetti followed her on Twitter. So, that makes it a done deal right?
But what happens after the first pick? There are four rounds of the draft with nine teams selecting players. Sky Blue FC are in need of midfielders, the Western New York Flash are in need of players all over the field and the Chicago Red Stars need defensive help. Neither FC Kansas City or the Seattle Reign have a pick in the first round. Portland doesn't have a pick until the third round and the Washington Spirit have a single pick in the fourth round.
But what of the other players who are available in the draft? While the full list of draftees is available to check out here is a few players that may go in the first couple of rounds.
Danielle Colaprico, M (UVA)- She played in 100 games while at Virginia and racked up 100 assists and 19 goals. A strong midfielder she is the perfect player to get the ball up the field to a forward waiting to score.
Abby Dahlkemper, D (UCLA)- Easily one of the top central defenders in the draft who is strong playing the ball out of the back.
Sarah Killion, M (UCLA)- As a defensive midfielder, Killion is in the thick of things breaking up plays and clogging up passing lanes. She is a great fit for any team that has a shaky backline as she provides great cover from the midfield.
Jaelene Hinkle, D (Texas Tech)- A top left back, Hinkle was a big part of Texas Tech's killer defense this season. She is also able to get forward with the ball getting four assists this season.
Sofia Huerta, F (Santa Clara)- Huerta is a solid forward who has scored 47 goals in her 80 game career.
Arin Gilliland, D (Kentucky)- A versatile player who played both forward and fullback in college. She scored 30 goals and had 25 assists in 86 games. Gilliland is a perfect fit for a coach who likes versatility on their roster.
Shea Groom, M/F (Texas A&M)- Groom may not go until the second round of the draft but she is an attacking midfielder with skills for days. She can play as a forward in addition to being a midfielder.
Kristin Grubka, D (Florida State)- One of the top center backs in the draft, Grubka is killer when breaking up a play and shutting down an attack.
Samantha Mewis, M (UCLA)- A finalist for the Hermann Trophy this season Mewis scored 16 goals this season. Mewis is a top attacking midfielder who also plays for the USWNT and will be a top pick in this draft.
Katelyn Rowland, GK (UCLA)- An amazing goalkeeper who had 55 shutouts while in college and 202 saves. She has the athleticism to make difficult saves and a great presence in the box.
Meghan Streight, D (Texas A&M)- Another versatile player, Streight can play as a defensive midfielder or a center back. She has a high soccer IQ which will serve her will as a professional.
Chioma Ubogagu, F (Stanford)- A dynamic forward who can both create and score goals. Ubogagu has the speed you want in a top forward.